By Laurence M. Hauptman

Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) was once a adorned army veteran who served within the Spanish-American conflict, a talented mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped increase the Iroquois Village on the long island kingdom reasonable. He was once additionally a historian, linguist, thinker, and early chief of the Oneida land claims stream. despite the fact that, his status one of the Oneida humans and between a lot of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries at the present time rests along with his occupation as an inventor.

In the period of Thomas Edison, Scanandoah challenged the stereotypes of the day that too usually portrayed local american citizens as primitive, pre-technological, and faraway from modernity. In An Oneida Indian in international Waters, Hauptman attracts from Scanandoah’s personal letters; his courtroom, legislative, and congressional testimony; army documents; and 40 years of fieldwork event to chronicle his extraordinary lifestyles and comprehend the very important impact Scanandoah had at the destiny of his humans. regardless of being clear of his fatherland for far of his existence, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to avoid the lack of the final closing Oneida lands in big apple country. with out Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust kin, Oneida lifestyles in ny could have been completely extinguished. Hauptman’s biography not just illuminates the extreme lifetime of Scanandoah but additionally sheds new mild at the fight to take care of tribal identification within the face of an more and more reduced homeland.

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